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  1. Thirteen

    Thirteen Out Of The Brooder

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    You could try an online store - our local feed store carries it. I also would try a local nursery - more crunchy ones tend to carry it for warding off pests in the garden. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
     
  2. showbarnmom

    showbarnmom Chillin' With My Peeps

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    At what age do hens usually stop laying? A year or so old hen should still be producing for a while, right?
     
  3. GFamily

    GFamily Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Nope, dfw area. Thank you though!

    I didn't even think to try a nursery. I have only been going to local feed stores and other pet stores to see if it's possible they carry it. We have an organic nursery near us I wonder if they sell it. I'll check it out. Thanks.
     
  4. GaryDean26

    GaryDean26 Chicken Czar

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    Depends on the breed and how the flock is managed.

    The high production hens that are on artificial light all winter to produce 330+ eggs a year get burnt out really quick and you might be lucky to get an occasional egg from them after two laying seasons while a Heritage type bird that only lays eggs every other day and takes time off to molt and rejuvenate every winter might still be laying strong at 6 years old. I hear of a man in Canada with a Hungarian Yellow hen that was 10 years old that still was laying 13 eggs a month.

    Within a breed their is also variation from blood line to blood line. Some people breed for longevity and will only hatch from hens that are over 3 years old. Other hatch from pullets every year. The line breed for longevity will have a slower burn out too.

    Yes, a year old hen is in the prime of her laying. Hens that are 2 years old may be slowing down already in some of the modern high production breed and hybrid hens.
     
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  5. Cockle-Dood

    Cockle-Dood Chillin' With My Peeps

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    The FF is not something im really prepared to start doing yet, and yes, my feeder has the grate around it. its the red and white plastic feeder you get at TSC. I have started gathering materials to attempt some kind of PVC feeder. Kili, would it be too much to ask for a pic of yours? i was thinking of making some sort of trough style feeder out of a piece of 3.5" diameter PVC i have around the house...but am at a standstill as far as design. I have seen alot of the vertical style with the 45 degree openening at the bottom...but im not a huge fan of that set up...

    as far as age and egg production, i have a 2 year old partridge rock that i got from Little wing and she is still laying about 4-5 eggs a week...hasnt shown any signs of letting up.
     
  6. showbarnmom

    showbarnmom Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thanks guys :) found some already laying hens on CL, that are reasonably priced, and the lady said her amercauna hasn't laid in a while, but she is only 1.5 yrs, so I'm assuming it's just due to weather?
     
  7. GFamily

    GFamily Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Here's a picture of what we were planning on using when our girls got bigger. NOt sure if we still will though. It fits into the corner of the coop and holds a 30lb bag of feed quite nicely. Just not sure if we'll still be using it or not when they get bigger. Not using it now since they are too little for it. It's 4inch pipe. ANd then we just turned the cap piece that goes on the top to keep anything out upside down and wedged it into the bottom.


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  8. Little Wing

    Little Wing Chillin' With My Peeps

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    All you need now is some ham.
    I read the other day someone had one 8 yrs old that lays. I think around 12 to18 mos is their prime laying age and they decline from there.
    Try to keep it as high as you can. Make them reach for it, they have long necks. I screwed up and mixed scratch in with their feed once, and they made a huge mess digging out the corn.
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  9. GFamily

    GFamily Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thanks for the picture littlewing! That is great in helping me too!
     
  10. Little Wing

    Little Wing Chillin' With My Peeps

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